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Enclosures of letter to Her Majesty's Secretary of State for India, No.18, dated 22 January 1875: Nos. 3 to 30 Abstract of Contents from the Foreign Department, Fort William [‎146v] (2/20)

The record is made up of 10 folios. It was created in 22 Jan 1875. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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once let the Advocate-General know direct from yourself what has been done
by way of giving notice to Mulhar Rao Gaekwar. The Bombay Government
will be requested to inform the Advocate-General that he will be looked to as
the principal adviser with respect to the enquiry.
4. As the enquiry will be one of political and not of purely legal origin,
and the results will be of a political and not a legal character, the use of
legal terms has been avoided in framing the heads of charge, and it will be
advisable to avoid them throughout. In all the proceedings the use of popular
expressions is to be preferred to legal ones.
No. 150B.P.
C opy to Bombay Government, for information and further orders, with
reference to paragraph 3 in continuation of No. 114B.P., dated 13th January
1875.
Offences imputed by the Government of India to His Highness Mulhau Rao Gaekwar , and
to be enquired into by Special Commission.
I.— T hat the said Maharaja Gaekwar did by his Agents and in person hold
secret communications for improper purposes with some of the servants employed
by Colonel Phayre, the Resident at Baroda, or attached to the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. .
II.—That the said Maharaja Gaekwar gave bribes to some of those servants
or caused such bribes to be given.
HI.—That his purposes in holding such communications and giving such
bribes were to use the said servants as spies upon Colonel Phayre, and thereby
improperly to obtain information of secrets, and to cause injury to Colonel
Phayre, or to remove him by means of poison.
IV.—That in fact an attempt to poison Colonel Phayre was made by persons
instigated thereto by the said Maharaja Gaekwar.
Enclosure No. 5.
Telegram, dated 14th January 1875.
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From— Sir Lewis Pelly , Baroda,
To—Foreign Secretary, Calcutta.
S irdars , sillidars, bankers, inamdars, patels, zemindars, and body of ryots
were assembled in Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. compound and situation explained. All quite con
tented. I he principal men of all sections met me in Durbar A public audience held by a British colonial ruler, deriving from the Persian and Urdu word for ‘court’. . I explained all to
them and then enquired if they had any request to make. They expressed
themselves as quite contented. The sole request was that two head Sirdars
might protect the guddee. The meaning of this is that so long as we permit this
annexation is not intended. I at once gave permission and assured all classes no
annexation would have place. All quiet. Will telegraph again when troops
return from town. I have requested Bombay Government to take measures to
secure books, accounts, and property in Gaekwar's Bombay Bank being property
Gaekwar State. May I introduce at once survey and settlement and Commission
to enquire into Sirdars and other alienated tenures. These measures must under
any circumstances be undertaken, and the grievances are pressing.
Enclosure No. 6.
Telegram, dated 14th January 1875.
From— Sir Lewis Pelly , Baroda,
To—Foreign Secretary, Calcutta.
1 have permitted Press to report all that goes on in Durbar A public audience held by a British colonial ruler, deriving from the Persian and Urdu word for ‘court’.
etcetera, so you will find Bombay Times and Gazette probably give moderately
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The enclosures consist of correspondence between the Secretary to the Government of India, Foreign Department (Charles Umpherston Aitchison); Secretary to the Government at Bombay (Charles Gonne); and the Agent, Governor-General and Special Commissioner at Baroda (Lewis Pelly). The correspondence discusses the appointment of a Commission to investigate the case against His Highness Malharrao Gaekwar, including the specialist requirements of the Commission in relation to secretaries with language skills; the Advocate-General at Bombay being tasked with the prosecution of the case on behalf of the Government of India; and how the expenses of the Commission will be paid.

The enclosures also report on the situation within Baroda following the announcement of the Commission, and the steps taken to ensure that administration of the state continued and that any outbreaks of civil disturbances could be dealt with.

There are two copies of the enclosures: folios 146-150 and 151-155, however the original letter and abstract of contents of the enclosures are no longer enclosed.

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Enclosures of letter to Her Majesty's Secretary of State for India, No.18, dated 22 January 1875: Nos. 3 to 30 Abstract of Contents from the Foreign Department, Fort William [‎146v] (2/20), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F126/81, ff 146-155, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023626961.0x00005f> [accessed 18 February 2020]

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